trendwatching: avatars that stay and japanese niche tourism

On this technology podcast, Cathi Bond talks about the move by Linden Labs (the Second Life people) and IBM to design avatars that you can take between virtual worlds. Nora Young picks up on Cathi's previous thoughts on niche tourism in Japan with chat about a recent New York Times article on two new kinds of niche pop culture tourism there: the Goth Loli tour of the Victorian/Goth girls of Harajuku, and tours for fans of Yaoi, graphic novels for straight women about gay men.

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